Organizing your event / gathering

Please take note that these are only suggestions and guidelines.

Primary Purpose

The primary purpose of the Global Day of Prayer is to have a process of Repentance and Prayer where we will ask the Lord:

  • To forgive our sins
  • For the restoration of the Church
  • For the healing of the nations

All communities are encouraged to stand before the Lord and unite in repentance & prayer for one day a year. We pray from the basis of the following two verses in Scripture:

2 Chronicles 7:14 - “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Habakkuk 2:14 - “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”

Choosing a Venue

The prayer meeting should be held in a neutral venue and be accessible to the whole community. The venue could be anything from a prayer room, local church, town hall, tent, office building, sport stadium, school sports grounds, open land, auditorium etc.

Cities and densely populated areas can host several Day of Repentance and Prayer events at the same time, instead of one major event. This will simplify logistical arrangements, keep costs down and help to get buy-in from the local communities.

When selecting a venue for the Day of Repentance and Prayer, also keep in mind the weather, start/finish time of the event, availability of public transport, number of people expected, etc.

It will be a bonus if the venue has got a good sound system. If you have to hire a sound system, rather spend more money and secure a proper sound system. Remember: A poor sound system can ruin your entire program!

Choose a venue that suits your needs, ability and situation.

Do's and Don'ts


  • The Lord Jesus Christ, and Him alone must be lifted high.
  • The focus of the day is Repentance and Prayer.
  • Speeches & messages should be kept to a minimum.
  • Titles of those participating/leading are irrelevant.
  • No great names should be promoted or used to draw people.
  • The process must be Non-denominational, Non-racial and Non-political.
  • “Middle of the Road “songs, choirs, bands, etc. should be used in the program. Try to accommodate as many denominations, churches and communities as possible.
  • Invite the community/political leaders to the event, but without a platform to address the crowd.


  • No political speeches.
  • No marketing of individual ministries.
  • No selling of CD‘s of performing artists.
  • No non-Christian activities.

Printable Guidelines

Using the Prayer for the World

The single thing that we request every observance to do is to use the “Prayer for the World”

Below you'll find several suggestions / guidelines which have been helpful to others

Reading it straight through

If you read it straight through, it will take a little over five minutes to read it in English. Of course, the time can be much longer in some other languages. If it is necessary to read it in two languages, then the time is more than double. This can prove to be quite tedious.

Reading it and using it as sections

Another approach that has worked well in many places is to break up the reading of “A Prayer for the World” into seven sections, allowing time in between the seven sections for prayer, singing or other acts of


Some of the most vital gatherings in different parts of the world have managed to use the seven sections of the prayer as a way of structuring a large portion of the program for the gathering.

Leaders as readers

You are not required to read every word in unison. In many settings, the main body of the prayer has not been read in unison, but instead by leaders or groups of leaders. At the end of every section the leader calls forth the response from the congregation which is at the end of every section.

One very practical idea is to invite seven different leaders to be the ones who read a particular section of the prayer. This can be a good way of involving and honoring leaders from different traditions or backgrounds.

Different languages

One idea is to read the first, third, and fifth section in one language and the second, fourth, and sixth in the alternate language, and read the last section twice, once in both languages.

Another way to have all sections read in both languages is to read the first section in one language, then pray or sing in united prayers as described below. Then, at the conclusion of that segment of prayer, read the first section again in the second language, so that the public reading of the prayer serves as bookends on the congregation praying extemporaneously in any language.

The Seven Sections

In the document below you'll find descriptions of each section of “A Prayer for the World” and some ideas that have been used for guiding or directing the assembly to pray.

Use your creativity to bring forth the best of your culture and diverse Christian traditions to enable everyone to unite in prayer.

Guidelines and Suggestions on how to use the Prayer for the World